Wales politics

Tory candidates to stand after Facebook 'sexism'

Two Conservative candidates who made sexist and tasteless jokes on Facebook will be allowed to stand for the Welsh assembly, the party has confirmed.

The Tories said Joel James and Daniel Saxton made "unreserved and sincere apologies" for the remarks.

An inquiry was launched last month, and the jokes have since been taken down from the social networking website.

Mr James, a member of Rhondda Cynon Taf council, will stand in Pontypridd. Mr Saxton is the Cynon Valley candidate.

A party spokesman confirmed they will be allowed to stand in May's election.

He said: "The party's candidates committee met and accepted the unreserved and sincere apologies of the candidates concerned for any offence they may have caused.

"They now recognise that the behaviour they engaged in is not appropriate for Welsh Conservative candidates seeking elected office."

A Welsh Labour spokesman said: "It's absolutely staggering that these two Tory candidates have been allowed to keep their positions after making such gratuitous and offensive remarks about women."

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